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Domaines ‘La Grande Cote’ and ‘La Vigne au Roy’ Cremant de Bourgogne

10 April,2017
Veuve Ambal is a family business established in 1898 specialising in the production of Cremant de Bourgogne. Owning over 250 ha of vineyards in Burgundy, the company operates six individual domaines and make wines to express the different terroirs. Here I review two wines; the Domaine de La Grande Cote in the Chatillonnais to the north, near Champagne, with 41 ha, 26 ha to Pinot Noir. 14 ha to Chardonnay and 1 ha to Aligote on hard limestone soil. There is also Domaine La Vigne au Roy, in the Hautes-Cotes de Buits, with 36 ha, 18 ha to Pinot Noir, 13 ha to Chardonnay, and 5 ha of Aligote on the Bevy hillside. This domaine was instrumental in the revival of the Cremant style. Here, I review the wines from these two domaines. The wines are distributed in New Zealand by Paul Wai Poi of CPP Wines, Tel: 09 360-2854

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Domaine de La Grande Cote ‘Cuvee Prestige’ Cremant de Bourgogne Brut NV

Sparkling Wine from France – Burgundy

18+/20
Bright, full and even, light golden-hued yellow colour. The bead is very vine and positive in persistence. The nose has full and well-packed aromas of savoury yellow stonefruits suggesting Pinot Noir, along with up-front yeasty autolysis, entwined with nutty and aldehyde suggestions a soft bread and toast elements. This has breadth and complexity. Dryish to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has lusciously rich, concentrated flavours of savoury yellow stonefruits melded with notes of nuts, yeast and bread, along with complexing aldehyde detail. The mouthfeel is refreshing with creamy effervescence and soft textures that blend harmoniously with the fruit, Fine textures and lively acidity carry the wine to a lingering, dry finish. This is a rich, savoury flavoured Cremant de Bourgogne with yellow stonefruit flavours along with yeasty and nutty complexities on a creamy, but refreshing palate. Serve as an aperitif, with canapes and antipasto over the next 2 years. A blend of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir, fermented with MLF, and secondary fermentation in bottle, the wine on lees for 22 months. This is 12.0% alc. and has 10 g/L dosage. Lot 27273 AB 0216. 18.0+/20 Apr 2017 RRP $26.95

Domaine La Vigne au Roy Cremant de Bourgogne Brut NV

Sparkling Wine from France – Burgundy

18.5/20
Bright, even, straw-yellow colour with pale golden hues. The bead is moderately wine with some persistence. The nose is elegant and refreshing with aromas of lifted white florals and stonefruits and delicately balanced, but positive notes of yeast, nutty elements and suggestions of bready autolysis. This is elegance and finesse personified. Dryish to taste and medium-bodied, this has a very finely concentrated palate with a core of white stonefruits and florals with subtle yeasty and bready autolysis elements. The palate is refreshing with gently creamy mousse and textures cut by bright acidity. The palate is elegantly proportioned and flows along a fine-textured flowery line leading to a mouthwatering finish of white stonefruits. This is an elegant and finely concentrated Cremany de Bourgogne with white stonefruit and florals, soft textures, cutting acidity and length. Serve as an aperitif over the next 2+ years. A blend of 70% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir and 10% Aligote fermented with MLF, the second fermentation in bottle, the wine on lees for 22 months. This is 12.0% alc. and 10 g/L dosage. Lot 28765-RFB0814. 18.5/20 Apr 2017 RRP $26.95
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